Yale's neuro-oncology program puts together all of the components critical to managing patients with brain tumors: comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis, leading edge treatment options, thorough follow-up and psychosocial support. Patients are welcome whether they are newly diagnosed or have already received extensive treatment.
Calls from referring physicians, patients or their families are handled by an experienced clinical care coordinator. The coordinator ensures that appropriate appointments are made quickly. New patients with brain tumors are usually seen in the oncology clinic of the Yale Cancer Center within a couple of days. The care coordinator also acts as the patient's interface with the various medical specialists who are called into play in each treatment plan.
The patient is the focus of all of the diagnosis and treatment skills Yale's interdisciplinary team of specialists brings to the service. Neuro-oncology surgeons, radiation oncologists, neuroradiologists, medical oncologists, neurologists, neuropathologists and others meet weekly at a Tumor Board Conference to arrive at the most appropriate treatment plan for each individual. Because the Yale Cancer Center is an academic referral center, the teams of specialists have an opportunity to treat the rarest as well as the most common cancers. Because of the center's research and teaching mission, its practitioners are well acquainted with the most advanced treatment methods. Patients benefit from that knowledge and from specialized resources such as a dedicated neurological intensive care unit and the latest imaging technologies.
Yale neurosurgeons maintain a close working relationship with physicians practicing in the community. They welcome referrals and supply physicians with regular reports on diagnostic findings and treatment recommendations.
Joseph M. Piepmeier, M.D., professor and vice chairman of Neurosurgery, directs Surgical Neuro-Oncology Program. Dr. Piepmeier received his M.D. from the University of Tennessee. He completed his neurosurgical residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He has been on the teaching staff of the Yale School of Medicine since 1982.
Dr. Piepmeier has been a visiting professor at several medical schools in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. He has published numerous scientific papers; has lectured widely and is active in several national organizations, including service as past chairman of the Joint Section on Tumors of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He serves on the editorial board of Neurosurgery and previously as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Neuro-Oncology.
Neuro-oncology Care Coordinator
Gift from the Section of Neuro-oncology of the Department of Neurosurgery to the Yale Historical Medical Library
Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, the Section of Neuro-oncology is pleased to announce that a unique collection of medical documents have been donated to the Yale Medical Historical Library. This collection of 54 articles and addresses, written by Harvey Cushing, M.D. between 1905 and 1933, includes essential papers in the development of neurosurgery in the United States. Dr. Cushing, an eminent neurosurgeon, was also an ardent book collector and co-founder of the Yale Historical Medical Library. Accompanying the collection is a rare note signed by Sir William Osler, the Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford. Written in 1910, this note congratulates the publisher on completion of the latest textbook of Osler, The Principles And Practice Of Medicine. This valuable material will be cataloged and preserved for use by the Yale medical community and historians.